Coach Mullen Earns First Win, Leads UAlbany to 60-54 Victory Against Manhattan
Score: UAlbany 60, Manhattan 54
Location: SEFCU Arena – Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (1-2), Manhattan (1-2)
Short Story: In a new era of Great Danes basketball, Head Coach Colleen Mullen lead the UAlbany women’s basketball team to a 60-54 victory in the squad’s 2018-19 home opener on Wednesday night.
The win marked the first for the program’s newest coach who is in the midst of her inaugural season.
- UAlbany outscored Manhattan, 42-34, in the paint.
- The Great Dane’s 60 points and 43 rebounds are both season highs for the squad.
- Chyanna Canada (15 points), lead a group of eight different point scorers for UAlbany.
- The team is 1-0 at the SEFCU Arena.
- UAlbany lead for 37:56. The game was tied for the remaining 2:04.
Recap: Chyanna Canada posted a new career high of 15 points to push the UAlbany women’s basketball team to a 60-54 victory against Manhattan for its first win of the season on Wednesday night.
Redshirt-freshman De’jah Williams had a career night of her own with four points, while freshman Lucia Decortes recorded her first collegiate points (2) at SEFCU Arena.
Canada scored 11 of her 15 points in the first half. The Syracuse, N.Y. native shot 50% (6-10) from the floor and added a team-high eight rebounds in 37 minutes played.
The Jasper’s Courtney Warley recorded a game-high 19 points and 12 boards, but it wasn’t enough as Manhattan falls to 1-2 on the season.
Guided by a 10-0 run, the Great Danes scored a season-high 23 points in the first quarter. Sophomore Kyara Frames and Canada combined for 13 of their team’s 23 points.
After trading baskets early in the contest, Canada put home a jumper for her first basket of the night to give her team a 4-2 edge and a lead they would hold until the final buzzer. UAlbany would go on to hold the lead for the remaining 37 minutes of the tilt.
“We really focused on breaking the defensive press at practice because, at Cornell, that was something we struggled with," said head coach Colleen Mullen. "It was great to see the team make the needed adjustments. We had a game plan and we stuck to it, I’m proud of the team and I’m glad that we could get the win in front of our home crowd.”
The Great Danes 15-point lead at the half was the biggest by the squad this season. The team also set new season highs in points scored (60), rebounds (43) and assists (14).
A late 16-2 run in favor of Manhattan would cut the deficit to as little as two, 56-54, in the final quarter. With seven second remaining, junior Alexi Schecter would sink a nail of free throw to put the visitors just out of reach as the Great Danes walked away with the 60-54 victory.
Next Up: The Great Danes are back on the road for a matchup with Big-10 foe Rutgers on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tipoff is slated to begin at 4 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J.